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Steel threaded rod makers file antidumping case

Keywords: Tags  Threaded rod, Vulcan Threaded Products, All American Threaded Products, Bay Standard Manufacturing, anti-dumping, Bill Upton, unfair trade, imports wire rod

NEW YORK — Three of the largest U.S. producers of steel threaded rod have filed anti-dumping complaints against imports from India and Thailand and a countervailing duty petition against the product from India.

Denver-based All America Threaded Products Inc.; Brentwood, Calif.-based Bay Standard Manufacturing Inc. and Pelham, Ala.-based Vulcan Threaded Products Inc. allege dumping margins of 24 to 130 percent on imports of threaded rod from India and 65 to 77 percent on those from Thailand.

"These countries have dramatically increased their imports to the United States by selling at prices far below the prices from our efficient and modern facilities here in Alabama," Vulcan president Bill Upton said. "We and other American producers have lost sales and customers, and our profitability has suffered as a result of these unfairly traded products."

Threaded rod imports from India and Thailand increased by 57 percent from 2010 to 2012, according to a June 27 statement by Frederick P. Waite and Kimberly R. Young, counsel for the domestic producers. Indian and Thai producers increased their share of total U.S. imports to 54 percent in 2012 and to 63 percent by March 2013, they said.

The U.S. International Trade Commission is expected to make a preliminary injury determination by mid-August, according to the lawyers.

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